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In a moment of recklessness, Gervase Tregarth, sixth Earl of Crowhurst, swears he’ll marry the next eligible lady to cross his path. Cloistered at his ancestral castle in Cornwall, with nary a suitable woman for miles, he never expects he’ll have to fulfill his pledge, at least not until the London season begins. But then he meets his neighbor, the very appealing Madeline Gascoigne.
Years of secret service to the Crown have taught Gervase the value of always having a loophole - there will be no wedding if he and Madeline are not compatible in every way. So he sets out to prove that they would make a most dreadful match by luring her into his arms and, ultimately, his bed. From their very first kiss, Gervase discovers that the headstrong and independent Madeline is no meek country miss - and that the fire between them will burn long beyond that first seduction.
Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world’s most beloved and popular authors. She has been writing for more than twenty years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author.
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By KJ on 11-28-12
Why switch narrators?
I love the Bastion Club series -- perhaps my favourite of Stephanie Laurens' novels! I highly recommend the books! But why the switch in narrators? After listening to Jill Tanner through the first 6 audiobooks, I had gotten used to her narration, so the switch to Steven Crossley is jarring! I do not mind the switch from female to male voice in general, but it is hard to differentiate Crossley's 'voice' for different characters. It's sometimes a little confusing when the 'voice' switches between hero and heroine. Also, Crossley pronounces some of the names differently than Tanner did. So while I highly recommend Laurens' novels, it's difficult to recommend this particular audiobook based on the narrator. Sorry to see that the remaining books are also done by Crossley. I will buy them because I'm one of those that wants a complete series, but hope the narration improves.
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By F. Scarlett on 05-22-18
Lovely story but terrible reading
I hesitate to criticise narrators as often I find it’s just different from how I would hear it in my head. However I feel I must in this instance.
I’ve listened to many of the Stephanie Laurens books on audible and enjoyed all of them except for this one. I’ve previously read this book and I know the heroine is not a supercilious simpering twit. However the narrator would have us believe she is. In fact ALL of the female voices he attempted made the ladies sound utterly vapid. The gentlemen faired little better. SL’s dialogue might not quite be Jane Austen, but she has a fine take on social wit and excellent put downs that this clod just rode roughshod over.
It’s put me right off. If there are more narrated by him I won’t be buying them.